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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 16, 1942, Mason City, Iowa DEPARTMENT OF OMP NORTH IOWAS TTT DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PBSSS AND FIVE CENTS WZBES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 161942 rurTViiv JLO Jy4Z THIS PAPEK CONSISTS OP TWO ONE NO 160 LAVAL TAKES OVER RULE OF FRANCE PROVISIONEDBY YANKEE FLYERS FOR NEXT TIME 110 Tons of Bombs Were Dropped on Various Nipponese Centers By C YATES McDANIEL UNITED STATES ARMY HEADQUARTERS IN AUS TRALIA Gen Ralph Royee volunteer leader of the bomber squadron which delivered the United States first long dis tance smash in the Philippines disclosed Thursday that the raid ers used a base hidden in the islands protected by fighter planes andprovisioned it for fu ture use Twelve planes of the 13 which for two days wrought destruc tion and dismay among the en emy at the start of the week ferried 44 passengers on their return trip to crewmen from a fortress bomber lost on the foray and 34 army men and civilians from Bataan Corregidor and other island points Most of the evacuees were air men indicating that while the Americans still have fighting planes in the islands as Royee said they have a surfeit of men to fly them Royee said that the morale of the men left behind was excellent especially now that they have plenty of food The American nghter planes cooperated with 5gd tibanib er s attack the bomber thattried squadron The Japanese of course learned the whereabouts and importance of the little island of aerial resistance when the Unit ed States bombers started using it but indications were that it was highly inaccessible to land attack Officials would not disclose the location The hidden field served the 10 medium and three fortress bomb ers as a forward base on their 4000mile roundtrip attack The fortress craft lost on the flight was grounded there having an engine changed when a Japanese bomb hit destroyed it in flames The advance base may figure prominently in future attacks for the assaults of last Sunday and Monday were acclaimed here as only a sample of heavier blows still to be delivered in an effort to turn the tide of battle in the southwest Pacific One hundred and ten tons of bombs were dropped on the enemy in Davao Mindanao and Luzon in the two perilfraught days in which the bomber force domin ated the skies in its theaters of operation Topping the list of suc cesses were the sinking of four transports and hits on four others including one probably sunk The chief significance of the raid however lay not in the de struction achieved but in the mere fact that an opening blow had been struck despite the terrific odds of distance and Japanese air power in the islands So extraordinary was the con duct of the bomber force in the Philippine raid that the MacAr thur command hadnt enough medals to go round In the semiflood of a huge hangar here Major Gen Rush Lincoln commanding American airman under Lieut Gen George H Brett the allied air com mander for the southwest Pa cific conferred distinguished service crosses on Royee Lieut Col John Hubert Davics of Piedmont Cal anel Capt Frank P Bostrom a native of Maine and alumnus of the University of Maine Bostrom was not present for the ceremony Lincoln first pinned a distin guished flying cross on Royces shirt and a few seconds later dis covering his mistake took it back and conferred the DSC Royces cap was at a jaunty angle and he was smiling While the honors were bestowed on Davies and Bostrom at the same ceremony they will not actually receive their medals until a new supply arrives At the same time other united nations flyers persisted in their aerial offensive against the roof of Japaneseinvaded islands above Australia on Philippines T i Hundreds of Planes Roar Against Nazis LONDON thunderous roar of hundreds of British tighter planes filled the English channel sky Friday in what coast watchers believed to be the RAFs greatest daylight sweep of the war against German holdings in France To residents of the Kentish coast the roar of battle was even louder than that of a year and a half ago when the German air tirce sent formations numbering as many as 500 planes against Britain in a single day Winding up the third successive day of dawntodark raiding in northern France spitfire forma tions swept across the channel be fore dusk as many squadrons re turned from the direction of Bou logne and Calais still flyin a in perfect formations British and German flyers fought high over France as the RAF continued its aroundlthe cloek schedule Vote Naval Reserve Unit for Women WASHINGTON UP Legisla tion to create a womens auxiliary reserve in the navy to release thousands of men for seagoin service was passed Thursday bv the house on voice vote Under the terms of the bill the petticoat branch of the nav would be open to any woman over the age of 20 The house previ ously passed a bill now pending jnthe senate to establish a wom en s army auxiliary corps and the naval measure also went to Uie senate Des Moines Girl 15 on Way to School Hit Killed by Train DES MOINES 15 year old girl on her way to junior high school was killed about 8am Thursday when she was struck by a Rock Island passenger train on the southeast Ninth and Vince street crossing here viim ras Helen Marie Potter G17 Southeast Eleventh street The police said she was one of several children crossing the track when the eastbound train reached the scene The officers said the engineers name is Dave Evans 50 State Guardsmen n Training at Camp Dodge to Be Relieved DES MOINES Colonel John T Lonidale com manding officer of the provisional battalion of the Iowa stale guard Thursday reported 50 of the 28S guardsmen in training at Camp Dodge here will be relieved from active duty Frida3 The men were called into ac tive service a month ago for 30 days basic training The training period however recently was boosted to 60 days Colonel Lonsdale said the men leaving the camp had arranged to he away from home only for the one month originally planned Replacements will report at the camp next week to keep the bat talions strength at about 285 the officer said Smash at Jap Bases Coat Man Is Accused of Stealing Is Worn by Him Into Court SAN DIEGO Cal witness for the state in the case of Robert Ollie Duke was Robert Ollie Duke Brought into court to face a petty theft charge Duke wore the coat no was accused of stealing He now has five days in jail to ponder his tactical error 2 Ancient Buggies Are Reported Stolen SEATTLE burglar with admirable foresight stole two an cient buggies from the Phillip Scott home In view of the tire shortage Scott told police he val ued each of the vehicles at LUZONJllf PHILIPPINE MANiW ISLANDS p ctb Indian Ocean Thirteen American bombers smashed at Japanese bases and shipping at Manila Batangas Cebt 3 and Davao 4 m a flight from Australia to the Philip pines bioken it was announced Sugar Ration Allowance to WASHINGTON emment announced Thursday that the nations first sugar ration al lowance would be half a pound a week per person This quota will apply only to the first two weeks of rationing which iis scheduled to begin some time during the week of May 47 period during which all citi ens must register and obtain books of ration stamps Under present plans each ra tion stamp will be good for two weeks and stamp number one will permit purchase of one pound of sugar OPA said The ration al lowance might be changed for each two weeks thereafter de pending upon available sugar sup plies Japan Pours More Troops Into Burma CHUNGKING China Japanese are reported pouring five and a half fresh divisions into the Burma campaign and two of these divisions already are land ing at Rangoon where 40 trans ports have been sighted by Brit ish RAF flyers a Chinese mili tary spokesman said Thursday Earlier estimates have placed the strength of the Japanese forces already engaged in Burma at about three divisions The reinforcements would make the total eight and a half divisions perhaps 150000 men The spokesman disclosed that the position of the Chinese forces battling desperately against the Japanese below Mandalay had been made still more difficult by the British retreat on the Irra waddy river sector to the west dangerously exposing the Chinese right flank Another new danger appeared Wednesday on the Chinese left when it became evident accord ing to a Chinese communique that a Japanese drive northwest ward from Thailand into the Shan states of northern Burma had as sumed the proportions of a major offensive This drive apparently aimed at cutting the railway between Man dalay and Lashio threatens the position of the main Chinese forces still holding their ground some 200 miles to the south above Toungoo Lieut Gen Joseph W Stihvell united States army commands the Chinese forces in Burma Goodyear Tests Tires Me WithbutRiibber AKRON7 Ohio Tire and Rubber company is test ing automobile tires made without rubber We now have test cars on the road which are running on tires made without rubber said an announcement We can make no further comment on this de velopment at this time REDS REPULSE COUNTER DRIVE IN CENTER LINE Smash Forward Over i Melting Snow in First Major Spring Battle KUIBYSHEV Russia Russians in the lirst major battl tins spring have repulsed 3 powerful German counterattack on the central front and smashec forward over the rotting snow to ward a river barrier protecting ai important German position it authoritatively reported Thurs day Thousands of Germans were killed They abandoned fortified po sitions at dozens of points on the Bryansk front some 200 miles southwest of Moscow and the Russians now were re ported fifflilinff on tlic out skirts of a biff town The town however was no Bryansk itself Reports in London Wednesdaj had said the Russians were on the outskirts of Bryansk a city o 400000 225 miles southwest o Moscow Advancing over melting snow fields that had given up the corpes of thousands of German killed during the winter the Rus sians struck at the position commanded by German Genera Haekel He ordered three regiments of the 263rd division unto consecu tive counterattacks which failed Then he threw in a bat talion r andhis maining reserves They too wilted before the Russian fire and Haekel sent an urgent call to the rear for more reserves They were rushed up in truck and ordered to counterattack as soon as they could be pushed into position Eighteen times thej dashed themselves futilely agains the Russians and thousands were killed ScropHelp Build Tonks Planes r Look at all this lovely junk that will make beautiful planes tanks and ships to slap the axis shouted Maw and niV1an KnUt50n j Mason to join in an all out salvage campaign for pickup day Tuesday April 21 All kinds of metal rubber raKS and paper arc needed by the war production board Photo oj Lock Kayenay engraving FR Summons Cabinet to Hear Welles WASHINGTON Acting iewetaiy of State Welles made a ite Thursday appointment to re eive the French ambassador Gaston HenryHaye Speculation about HenryHayes mission in cluded the thought that he might be bringing a declaration of Vichys total absorption in Hitlers new order for Europe As all American residents were urged to leave unoccupied France and congressmen expressed con cern that Hitler would acquire the French fleet Vichys ambas sador Gaston HenryHaye sought an appointment at the state de triment here Acting Secretary of State Welles announced that he would receive the French diplomat Thursday and some observers thought that HenryHayes mis sion might be to deliver official notification of a new and openly pronazi collaborationist policy un der the premiership of Pierre La val Senators who have been watch ing thefast changing picture in unoccupied France meanwhile joined in gloomy forecasts that the French fleet might soon be aligned with axis naval forces Hitler wilt take the French fleet now whenever he decides the time is right said Senator Lucas DI11 a member of the senate naval committee He has been after it through pres sure for many months We can expect direct action now at any time Similar views were expressed by Senators Bone D Norris Ind Nebr and Gillette D in separate interviews with the latter urging that the United States and her allies get the jump by holding all French vessels and supplies in port anc occupying the numerous French insular the western hemisphere Axis seizure of the French fleet was indeed the general foreboding of all senators Jn touch with the uncertain career of the Vichy government because of the return to power of Laval ardent col laborationist There have been critical mo ments before in the tortuous course of FrenchAmerican diplomacy since the dark day in 1940 when the aged Marshal Philippe Petain asked the Germans for an armi stice But this lime developments have moved toward a show down with a rapidity causing more than usual concern in of ficial quarters here The latest development came Wednesday night when the cables Drought news that all Americans in unoccupied France had been asked by United States consular officials to leave for the United States as soon as possible Gillette a navy committee member said he favored rupture of diplomatic relations with the Vichy government and immediate seizure of French holdings re calling that attempts to appease Japan had failed Further temporizing with Vichy may prove far more disas rous in its effect than to take positive action to secure control of the French holdings in the West Indies Pacific and Mada ascar Gillette said TOOTHPASTE TUBE STOLEN SEATTLE tP One of those hardtoget toothpaste tubes showed up in the police reports Thursday The Peter Smiths re ported a burglar took only a tube of toothpaste and a copper whis ling teakettle Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Showers Thursday afternoon and cooler Thursday night continued cool Friday forenoon fresh winds OWA Scattered showers and thunderstorms south and cast portions Thursday afternoon and Thursday night cooler west and north Thursday afternoon and southeast portion Friday fore noon considerably cooler Thurs day night fresh to moderately strong winds east porlion Thurs day afternoon MINNESOTA Cooler Thursday afternoon and Thursday nieht continued cool Friday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 82 Minimum Wednesday night 54 At 8 a m Thursday 55 Ram 08 inch KAR AGO Maximum 59 Minimum 35 Precipitation 57 UNREST FLARES UP IN RIOTS IN OCCUPIED AREA ProNazi Laval Now Chief of Government in Reorganized Regime BERN Switzerland Laval advocate of aid to the axis took over actual rule beaten France Thursday night as chief of the government while reports oi rising unrest and violence fil tered in from Paris the German held capital Reports of Paris demonstrations against the trend of events of tie past few days were associated with word of a train wreclc near Eacn in Normandy in which 35 German soldiers were killed Authoritative advices from Vichy said that foremost French exponent of coopera tion with Adolf Hitler com pleted formation of a new gov ernment there Thursday night himself becoming chief of the ffovcrnmoiil with Marsha re tain as chief of state In Vichy it was understood that Laval whose return to power in the regime headed by aged Mar shal Pctain was announced Tues day would also assume the post of minister of interior with con trol over the police of the nation A communique announcing the makeup of the new cabinet was expected to be issued in Vichy Thursday night The realignment of the Vichy government was accompanied by reports of marching demonstra tions at Paris against collabora In the past few days 25 per sons ware said to have been executed at Paris and there have Oeen numerous reports of mass arrests of stratinjr against collaboration Lavals return to power came after Ifi months of political eclipse Completion of the cabinet was announced after he had held two conferences Thursday with the aged Petain in Vichy and numerous consultations in Paris Wednesday with the chief figures on the collaborationist faction Late dispatches from Vichy said three forest fires had broken out near Paris and in southern France in circumstances which remain unknown One of he most spectacular was still burning in the famous Fontainebleau forest where more than BOO acres of woodland was snid to have been consumed An other was in the Senart forest and he third at Collobrieres southern France where 1000 acres of forest was ruined Strong Guard Protects Laval VICHY France fresh wave of terrorism broke out Thursday in naziheld France as Pierre Laval prepared to assume full power over the Vichy gov ernment with a cabinet of his own choosing Two antiGerman attacks oc curred in Paris shortly after La vals cleuarfuic from the city and iis return to Vichy to set up his lew cabinet Two other attacks were reported in the northern in dustrial region A troop train carrying Ger man troops on Jcavc was de railed by saboteurs and 40 per sons were reported killed Laval was protected by personal bodyguards and strong police cor dons as he conferred here with Marshal Henri Philippe Petain and Jean Francois Darlan who after stepping aside as vice premier to make way for Laval PIERRE LAVAL ;